The Cal Bears continued to add size to their defensive backfield with the commitment last night of Chandler (AZ) defensive back Marc Anthony.
The 6-0/185 Anthony fits the profile the Bears have been seeking to combat the stable of big receivers in the Pac 10.
“I talked to Coach Littlejohn last night,” said Anthony. “He makes me feel like I’m already a part of the team. He does a great job with that. They check in with me all the time. Out of all the schools I have offers from, Cal’s the team that stayed the closest with me and made me feel the most comfortable.
“When I called, Coach Littlejohn put Coach Tedford on the phone and I let them both know I was committing. They were excited. They said they couldn’t wait to get me up there next year.”
Anthony had a lot of strong options to consider before deciding to commit to the Bears.
“A couple factors played into my decision,” said Anthony. “Location was part of it with it being not too far from home and having family there (frosh defensive end Cameron Jordan, Anthony’s cousin) that I could rely on to let me know how things are at Cal.
“Cameron has a lot of great things to say about the program. He just tells me to work hard and good things will come out of it. He’s a great example of that, playing as a true freshman –that if you work hard, things will happen for you.
“It’s crazy. I knew he was a good player but I didn’t know he’d be able to make that transition and come in and play so fast.
“Also, the weather up there is great and everything’s really laid back. You’ve got Oakland right beside you and San Fran real close so you’ve got a lot of things around you to do, too, said Anthony.”v
The 3 star Anthony’s visits to Cal were in contrast to his visit to Lincoln last week to see the Huskers take on USC.
“It was great. The fans were true fans and kinda crazy,” said Anthony. “But one advantage that Cal has is that there’s not much to do in Lincoln outside of football and there is at Cal. So when I got back, I sat down and talked to my mom about it all and I just felt like Cal’s the best fit for me.”
Anthony has a physical style of play that suits the Bears’ desire to add size and strength in the defensive backfield.
“I try to play as physically as possible on the receiver that’s lined up across from me by trying to get into his route and disrupt him. Once you shut down one of the receivers, the qb has to check off and find another receiver so I try to limit the choices that the quarterback has.”
Anthony’s Chandler squad has gotten off to a 2-1 start on the year, with Anthony compiling a solid 23 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 sack and one defensive td to date after a strong junior season where he had 58 tackles and 5 interceptions, including a td.
Anthony ran a 4.50 forty at the university of Michigan along with a 34 inch vertical and also benches 260.
The Bears beat out Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State. Oregon State and Vanderbilt for Anthony’s services.
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